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NYA Coach U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year for Maine

Coach Gerrity played lacrosse throughout his student years at NYA. He was selected a US Lacrosse All American in 2005.

Coach Gerrity played lacrosse throughout his student years at NYA. He was selected as a US Lacrosse All American in 2005.

Congratulations to North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) boys varsity lacrosse coach Peter Gerrity (NYA class of 2005) who was named the 2016 U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year for Maine. All Maine head lacrosse coaches were eligible for this statewide award, and nominations were made by Maine lacrosse coaches. At their year-end meeting, coaches who submitted nominations stood and spoke about their candidate to the voting group. Gerrity was rather surprised to learn that NYA’s across Route One rival, Yarmouth High School boys varsity lacrosse coach David Pearl, was his nominator. “I was very surprised and humbled when David spoke up as my nominator. We have had a great relationship through the past several years, and his teams are always obviously good at lacrosse and also very sportsmanlike.”

“Peter Gerrity deserved to be the U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year for Maine because of the wonderful way he relates to his athletes and guides his team. I have always been impressed with his kind and professional approach to coaching. He always seems to get the most out of his athletes, and it is clear they respect him deeply. I have always been impressed how he has been able to develop the talent he has to knit together a team that plays at a very high level. It is clear his players respect him and give him their best. As his opponent, I have deep respect for the way he approaches lacrosse as a sport that will help develop life-long lessons for his players,” said Coach Pearl.

“I am very pleased to have been recognized in this way, particularly because the award was voted on by my coaching peers. It was humbling even just to be nominated among the other coaches in Maine. Most of the coaches I have either worked summer camps with, played with and against, and some even coached against me when I was a high school player. The sport is very small in the state of Maine, and just to be a part of it has been an honor,” said Coach Gerrity.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.


2016 Summer Assignments Available Now!

Follow this link for the summer assignments in English, history, science, and modern & classical languages. Please be aware that all NYA students entering grades 5 though 12 have summer work in English. Advanced Placement history and science courses, as well as freshman physics, involve a summer assignment. Finally, any student in middle or upper school who has completed the first level of a language has summer work in preparation for continuing in that language.

Enjoy your summer, everyone!


Chapman Committed to Play D1 Hockey at West Point

chapman-featureNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) alumnus Joshuah Chapman ’16 (Weare, NH) has made a verbal commitment to the United States Military Academy at West Point Division 1 hockey program. Chapman was offered the commitment by USMA Head Hockey Coach Brian Riley during an official visit to the West Point campus in late May. “I am humbled to be considered by the United States Military Academy, the premier leadership academy in the world,” says future Black Knight Chapman. “When I stepped onto the campus, I knew instantly that I wanted nothing more than to be a part of the Long Gray Line, and the tradition and honor that comes with that. West Point is a school for those who are willing to find success by doing the things that others will not, and I want nothing more than for that to be my definition.”

West Point began recruiting Chapman in his junior year and followed him through his senior year. USMA coaching staff kept in regular contact with NYA Head Hockey Coach Eric Graham to check in on their prospect. “On behalf of our coaching staff at NYA, I’d like to congratulate Josh on his commitment to Army. Josh has played a meaningful role in the resurgence of our program since he arrived on campus four years ago. For some kids, their dream program is UMaine or Boston College – for Josh, it has been Army since he started researching the school and hockey program a couple of years ago. While there is still a lot of work ahead for Josh, for him to commit to Army as a student at NYA is very special for our school and hockey program. We wish him nothing but the best as his development continues prior to his arrival in West Point in the fall of 2018.” Chapman’s attendance at the United States Military Academy is contingent upon his acceptance into the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.

Following a post graduate year and a year in the junior hockey circuit, Chapman will become a cadet at USMA where, in addition to hockey, he will undergo all the training and the academic curriculum expected of all cadets, and then serve our country after graduation. His own dedication and work ethic earned him the path that lay before him, yet he credits his recent alma mater for making this journey possible. “NYA presented me every opportunity to reach this point,” said Chapman. “They were the school to reach out to me, bring me into their program, and allow me to play in front of scouts and coaches that I would never have been exposed to had I not come to the school. The school and hockey program here developed my leadership skills, helped me to find my passions, and let those interests flourish. NYA provided me with the guidance to create successful study habits and the academic ability to attend one of the most celebrated higher learning institutions in the world.”

Joshuah Chapman’s NYA hockey career stats:

  • 108 GP, 61 Goals, 82 Assists, 143 Points
  • Three year captain (Assistant Captain 2013-2014, Co-Captain 2014-2015 & 2015-2016)
  • Holt All-Conference Team: 2014-2015 & 2015-2016
  • NYA Varsity Hockey MVP: 2013-2014 & 2015-2016

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.


14th Annual Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

motourney2016-1North Yarmouth Academy’s 14th Annual Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament presented by Patriot Insurance Company, will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Toddy Brook Golf Course in North Yarmouth, Maine. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Player orientation is at 8:30 before all participants fan out across the links for an 8:45 a.m. shot gun start. On that signal, tee it up for your chance to win awards and prizes. Registration fees are $125 per player or $450 per foursome. All proceeds go to the Steve Morris Scholar Fund. Lunch and awards await you in the clubhouse at 12:30 p.m.

“This is a special tournament to honor the legacy of Steve Morris, a great teacher, coach, and mentor, and to raise funds for the scholarship program. It’s also a really fun day,” said Jim Briggs, tournament committee chair and former NYA teacher. The Steve Morris Scholar Fund was created by a group of NYA alumni and friends to honor the memory of Steve “Mo” Morris. Mo spent his entire 29-year career at NYA beginning in 1972. He is fondly remembered by the students he taught and coached. He was inducted into the Edgar F. White ’38 Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2010. The Steve Morris Scholar Fund was created in 2002 to provide endowed financial aid support to two NYA eighth grade student/athletes, one boy and one girl, who are chosen annually. Each recipient will receive funds for all five years they attend NYA between their eighth and twelfth grade years.

motourney2016-featureCome play and enjoy a fun event to help ensure students who may not otherwise have the means to attend NYA are given the chance to do so and to achieve their potential. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities are available including Hole Sponsorships, Prize Sponsorships, and Contest Sponsorships.

For more information on the tournament or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Development & Alumni Relations Coordinator, Caroline Anson ’08 at 207-847-5420 or canson@nya.org.  Follow this link to pre-register.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.


Nationally Acclaimed Author to Speak at NYA Commencement

HeacoxNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is happy to announce author Kim Heacox as this year’s commencement speaker. Heacox is an award winning author, photographer, and conservationist who focuses his writings and lens on the changing environment in his home state of Alaska where he has lived for the past 35 years.

Many of his fourteen books have received national attention. His memoir, The Only Kayak, was a 2006 PEN USA Literary Award finalist for creative non-fiction; his latest novel, Jimmy Bluefeather, won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award; and he has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for excellence in travel writing. His photographs and articles have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, and he has written five books for the National Geographic Society, including his most recent on the history of the National Parks. His expertise on the subject earned him a role as one of the commentators on Ken Burns National Parks PBS documentary. Kim has made dozens of journeys to Arctic Svalbard and Antarctica and written extensively about the explorer Ernest Shackleton. His editorials on climate change have been printed in the Los Angeles Times and appeared in many major newspapers across the United States.

Heacox-featureLast year’s environmental writing class at NYA studied Heacox’s work, and the students met him at his Gustavus, Alaska home on their trip to Glacier Bay last June. When not playing the guitar, doing simple carpentry, volunteering as a music teacher in his local school, or writing, he’s sea kayaking in Glacier Bay National Park with his wife, Melanie.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.


NYA Students Excel in National Language Exams

Every year, North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) students enrolled in level B or higher of language classes participate in the National Latin Exam, National Spanish Exam, or National French Contest. These tests are an opportunity for students to showcase their proficiency and receive recognition for their achievement.

This year, 153 NYA students participated in the National Language Exams, and we are excited to share that over half received recognition, including: 30 with an Honorable Mention or Cum Laude, 14 with a Bronze Medal or Magna Cum Laude, 17 with a Silver Medal or Maxima Cum Laude, and 17 with a Gold Medal or Summa Cum Laude.

We are especially excited to share that several students were ranked first in the state on the National French Contest or National Spanish Exam, including: Ark Lu ’20 (French II), Marina Piehl ’21 (French 3E), Annie Sillin ’21 (French 01), Tellie Stamaris ’21 (Spanish 01), Eliza Tod ’20 (Spanish I), Leo Webster ’18 (Spanish IV), and Anna Yankee ’21 (French 01).  Two additional students earned second place in the state: Ellie Hilscher ’20 (Spanish I) and Wyatt Nice ’16 (Spanish V/AP).  (Note: state rankings are not provided by the National Latin Exam.)

Special congratulations go to Mrs. O’Connor’s Spanish C class, Ms. Maule and Mrs. O’Connor’s Spanish II class, and Ms. Hoppenbrouwers’ II, III, and IV/AP classes for having every student in the class receive some form of recognition. This is a truly impressive achievement on both the part of the students and the teachers!

Congratulations to all of our students for their achievement on this year’s National Language Exams!

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.


Former NYA Student Dedicates Novel to English Teacher

book-1At North Yarmouth Academy’s (NYA) school meeting on May 20, Trevor Paul (Yarmouth), who attended NYA from 2000 to 2002, dedicated his recently completed book, The Legacy Chronicle: The Sword, to NYA English department chair, Ross Markonish. Paul’s book began as an assignment in Mr. Markonish’s ninth grade English class at NYA. “Ross encouraged me to write, an outlet that I needed at the time because I was an incredibly anxious and awkward teen and couldn’t quite navigate how to express myself at that age. While that got better with time, it was a hugely necessary part of my life to be able to create things,” says Paul.

In speaking with the students at the meeting, Paul explained that, throughout the years, the story lived as a file entitled “MARKON-1” on his various computers. He later turned the story into his Honors English thesis in college and finally published it as his first novel earlier this month. “If I had never encountered Ross as a teacher, I don’t think I would have embraced writing as passionately and aggressively as I did in high school. Even though my zest for writing went dormant for a while after college, it never went away, and that file never disappeared from my records.”

Paul’s interest in writing fantasy was very important for him to express himself. The fantasy genre, Paul admits, comes with a stigma that is more mocked than respected. That never bothered him. Even though Paul left the NYA campus years ago, he still carried the confidence and perseverance Mr. Markonish had instilled in him. “Ross not only made it okay for me to write in that genre, he encouraged it. Later teachers would discount my desire to write fantasy or scoff at it entirely. It takes a special kind of teacher to be able to guide a student to pursue what they love and feel good about it while they do it.”

“Having Trevor dedicate his first book to me is a true honor – one of those moments that English teachers dream about, in fact. I still vividly remember Trevor, as a freshman, telling me about his plans to develop his story into a novel and get it published one day. To see him attain that goal—and to be credited as inspiration—is incredibly fulfilling,” reflects Markonish.

Paul received his B.A. from Wheaton (MA) and an M.A. from the University of Southern Maine. He is an English teacher at Hebron Academy, another path he attributes to Markonish, “I hope that someday I have half the influence over one student that Ross had on me.”

You can get a copy of The Legacy Chronicle: The Sword, in paperback or for Kindle.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.


NYA Spring Art Show

springart-may2016-featureNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is exhibiting some of the finest student works of art beginning Thursday, May 19. Works from all Upper School grades and AP studio art will be displayed in the Curtis Gallery (148 Main Street, Yarmouth) at NYA through June 5. The public is welcome to attend the opening reception on May 19 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be open to the public during regular school hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

NYA Upper School Art teacher Colby Myer encourages all to see and appreciate his students’ creations, “The spring art exhibit showcases a wide variety of talents from the NYA student body. Every piece in the exhibit displays the individual student’s dedication to mastering a technique, exploring new media, and the contemplation of how their reality is perceived.”

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.


2016 Exam Schedules for Middle & Upper Schools

Here are links to the exam schedules for May 31 – June 2 for Middle and Upper Schools:

Middle School Exam Schedule

Upper School Exam Schedule

Plan accordingly!


NYA Teacher Ian Ramsey 2017 Grammy Nominee

ramsey-01North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is excited to announce that Ian Ramsey, Visual and Performing Arts Chair, was chosen as a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. Ramsey was one of 3,300 nominated educators submitted from all 50 states. A total of 290 music teachers from 264 cities across 41 states were announced as quarterfinalists today.

According to the Grammy Foundation, the Music Educator Award “was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.” The award is open to current U.S. music teachers and can be nominated by anyone. Semifinalists will be announced in September. One recipient from ten finalists will be recognized for their remarkable impact on students’ lives. The recipient will be honored during GRAMMY Week 2017.

“I’m excited and honored to be recognized by the Grammy Foundation as a national quarterfinalist for the 2017 Music Educator Award. In a world where there are so many great and inspiring music teachers, I feel lucky, and humbled, to be part of this process,” said Ramsey. He is not sure who nominated him, but suspects it is a music colleague in western Maine.

ramsey-featureRamsey, a Bowdoin resident, graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Music Education with a concentration in jazz. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2015 from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He began working at NYA in 1999. In addition to chairing the arts department, he teaches a variety of music classes at NYA including music theory, wind ensemble, bluegrass ensemble, steel band, and jazz band, to name a few. Ramsey is known for tailoring his teaching to his students’ passions. He created an ensemble for four students who were interested in the Beatles, and continued with the group through the years working up to Abbey Road. In 2012, he led a student bluegrass ensemble to Chengdu, China to perform in the JinJiang-Jiaxiang International Students’ Arts Festival.

In 2013 he co-founded the Maine Acoustic Festival, the first statewide auditioned student roots music festival in America.  In 2016 he created NYA’s “Distinction in Music: Performance, Entrepreneurship and Community” program, which helps students develop excellence in music performance while developing skills around service, community involvement and entrepreneurship. Most recently, he created the Kauffmann Program in Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration which seeks to educate students and the larger community about the importance of wilderness and nature. Last June, he led this class to Glacier Bay, Alaska.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.

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